Simeon takes down Lyons thanks to Nunn


Simeon takes down Lyons thanks to Nunn

Sunday, March 13, 2011
12:28 a.m.

By Phil Brozynski
Simeon sophomore sensation Jabari Parker had zero points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal Friday against Lyons at the Class 4A Argo Sectional final.

Luckily, the Wolverines have a few other players on the roster to whom they can turn.

Sophomore guard Kendrick Nunn came off the bench to score 16 points, including nine in the second quarter, to rally Simeon from a 22-12 deficit, and the Wolverines made 12-of-14 free throws in the final 1:55 to turn back the Lions 64-51.

Darien Walker had 11 points, Steve Taylor added nine and Tywon Pinkney and Rashawn McElrath each had eight points for Simeon (27-2), which closed the game on a 10-2 run after a basket by Mark Sewall (15 points) had Lyons within 54-49 with 1:35 remaining.

They were really keying on Jabari tonight, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. Some other guys were open to make plays. All Jabari wants to do is win. Thats what our program is all about.

Lyons used just six players to counter the defending state champions, and just four scored. But the Lions had the Wolverines backpedaling early, sprinting to a 10-point lead on a basket by Dylan Fiedler (15 points) with 7:04 remaining in the first half.

I had complete and total confidence that we would play well even with our leading scorer and rebounder (Nick Zeisloft) on the bench, Lyons coach Tom Sloan said. The guys were looking forward to the opportunity to show that we are for real.

Lyons hung around even after Simeon used a 15-4 run to wipe out a 36-33 deficit early in the third quarter. The Lions had a chance to pull within four with 1:10 left after a steal, but Eric Powers was wide left on a three-pointer from the corner.

Its just sad that people are going to look at the final score and think we got drilled, Sloan said. This game was nip-and-tuck. It could have gone either way. We just did not make a shot and turned the ball over at the end and they made a lot of free throws.

Powers led Lyons (26-3) with 16 points, and Spencer Mahoney rounded out the Lions scoring with five points.

Last year we were able to jump on them early, Smith said. But this team was much better than last years. It seemed like they were making every shot in that first quarter. Nunn gave us some energy off the bench. It was a team effort.

Yu Darvish thinks Houston Astros should be stripped of 2017 World Series title

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Yu Darvish thinks Houston Astros should be stripped of 2017 World Series title

The Astros' sign-stealing scandal is personal for a lot of players, though it probably hits a little differently for Yu Darvish. 

Darvish was a member of the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers team that Houston beat in the World Series. Darvish didn't have his best performance in the series and when asked about the scandal, the Cubs' pitcher didn't hold back:

It's a weird feeling. Like, in the Olympics, when a player cheats, you can't have a Gold medal, right? But they still have as World Series title. That makes me feel weird. That's it. And one more thing. With [Carlos] Correra talking about [Cody] Bellinger. I saw that yesterday. So they cheat, and I think right now that they don't have to talk. They shouldn't talk like that right now.

You can watch the video of Darvish's comments, from ESPN's Jesse Rogers, it right here.

The comments took on a life of their own, as Astros' soundbytes have been known to do over the last few weeks or so. Darvish was ready for the clapback, though, and delivered a final blow to some poor 'Stros fan who thought he could compete with Darvish on twitter dot com. 

Sign a lifetime contract, Yu. Never leave us.

Related: Bryant crushes Astros for cheating scandal: 'What a disgrace that was' 

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Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career


Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career

Jason Kipnis, who’s potentially the Cubs’ new second baseman but indisputably the pride of Northbrook, said there’s one major reason why his possible reunion with Wrigley Field is so exciting.

“Now I don’t have to hate the 'Go Cubs Go' song,” he quipped.

Kipnis was a late addition to the Cubs’ roster, and still not even a guaranteed one at that. After almost a decade spent being one of the Cleveland Indians’ cornerstones, Kipnis arrived in Mesa on a minor league contract, looking to win a job. Ironically, being with his hometown team is unfamiliar territory for the two-time All-Star. 

“[Leaving Cleveland] was hard at first,” he said. “You get used to the same place for 9-10 years, and I think it’s a little hard right now coming in and being the new guy and being lost and not knowing where to go. But it’ll be fun. It’s exciting. It’s kind of out of the comfort zone again, which is kind of what you want right now – to be uncomfortable. I don’t know, I’ve missed this feeling a little bit, so it’ll be good.”

It was a slow offseason for the second baseman, but the second baseman said he was weighing offers from several teams. Opportunity and organizational direction dictated most of his decision-making, but Kipnis admitted the forces around him were all, rather unsubtly, pulling him in one direction.

“They were telling me to take a deal, take a cut, whatever. Just get here,” he joked. “... It made sense, it really did. I think I didn't fully understand it until it was announced and my phone started blowing up and I realized just how many people this impacted around my life. Friends and family still live in Chicago, so it’s going to be exciting.”

The theme of renewed motivation has hung around Sloan Park like an early-morning Arizona chill, and Kipnis said part of the reason he feels the Cubs brought him in is to set a fire under some guys. He talked with Anthony Rizzo during the offseason, who talked about how the Cubs had struggled at times to put an appropriate emphasis on each of the 162 games in a regular season. That’s not a new problem in baseball, and it struck a chord with Kipnis, who himself was on plenty of talented Cleveland teams that never got over the hump. 

“They got a good core here. I’m well aware of that, they’re well aware of that, too,” he said. “I texted him and called him and asked him what happened last year, because I look at rosters, I look at St. Louis’, I look at all that, and I’m like, ‘I still would take your guys' roster.’” 

As for his direct competition, Kipnis said he hasn’t had a chance to really get to know Nico Hoerner yet, but doesn’t feel like the battle for second base has to be a contentious one by any means. At 32, Kipnis has been around long enough to understand the dynamics an aging veteran vs. a top prospect, and doesn't feel like it’s a situation where only one of them will end up benefiting. 

“I know he came up and had a pretty good success, so I think [it’s] going to be a competition, but at the same time, I’m not going to try to put him down,” he said. “I’d like to work with him, kind of teach him what I know too and hopefully both of us become better from it.”